Great article in the School Library Journal.
“Last fall, the Queens Library in New York City became what is thought to be the first library in the country to open a pre–K class, in its Woodhaven branch. Teachers Andrea Clemente and Lisa Bohme meet with their students in a spacious room on the ground floor and are taking full advantage of the library’s resources. The children’s librarian visits the students frequently, playing his guitar and teaching them how to use iPads. The students have also had visits from subject-area experts, such as the science exhibit supervisor for the library system. Of course, they also have access to books, lots of books.”
Now available from Capstone, Cantata Learning books and music audio address content areas, especially for PreK-1 and Grades 1-3. Using both familiar and original music and simple text with age-appropriate illustrations, Cantata Learning addresses the multiple learning styles of today’s young learners. Combining music and books engages students’ senses and prepares them to learn.
By Shannon McClintock Miller, Teacher Librarian
- Active learning experiences
- Educators know that learning deepens, not just through reading and listening, but also through creating and interacting.
- Profound learning occurs when students create, share, interact and explain
- Using music with ELL Instruction…
“The use of songs… directly enhances pronunciation, grammatical structure, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions as well as a wide variety in speed of delivery, phrasing, and linking of ideas.” -Anne S. Lowe (1995)
- Joyful learning.
- Rhyme, rhythm, repetition
- Multi-model Learners
- All children are unique and have the right to meaningful learning experiences.
- “Music and singing are a fun and effective way to help young children learn. Music supports self-expression, cooperative play, creativity, emotional well being, and development of social, cognitive, communication, and motor skills.” -Shelly Ringgenberg, author of Music as a Teaching Tool: Creating Story Songs
- Organic music and not synthesized. Our music is enjoyed by adults and children.
- “Music is the universal language of humankind.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American educator and poet
- “Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds. “-Benefits of Music Education
- Cantata Learning content is edutainment (entertainment, practice reading, academic content)
- Audio scaffolds reading